Jose Haro issues statement on stricken opponent Daniel Franco

Stacey Verbeek

New USBA Featherweight Champion Jose Haro has issued a brief statement regarding the status of his fallen opponent, Daniel Franco.

Franco underwent surgery after suffering two brain bleeds after their pair fought it out on Saturday night, with Haro dropping Franco twice on his way to an eighth round win.

The fighter sent out his thoughts through his promotional representative, Whitfield Haydon:

“I respect all fighters. My heart hurts knowing that my opponent from Saturday night is still in the hospital,” said Haro.

“I hope he has a full and speedy recovery. Nothing but love, brotha. We put everything on the line when we step inside the ring.

“I always tell my brother/trainer that I’m a father first, fighter second, and if he ever sees me badly hurt to stop the fight because my kids need their daddy.

“I’m very grateful that I won but it really doesn’t feel like I won. I always pray that my opponent and myself come out our fight in good health. Let’s go #TeamFranco, you got this!”